Herb latin name: Euonymus latifolius
Synonyms: Kalonymus latifolius
Family: Celastraceae (Bittersweet Family)
Description of the plant:
(9 3/4 foot)
Habitat of Euonymus latifolius:Shady mountain forests, shrubby thickets, slopes, valleys and ravines.
Other uses of the herb:The root contains about 4% Gutta Percha, this is a non-elastic rubber that is used for making plastics, as an insulation for electric cables etc.
Propagation of Euonymus latifolius:Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 3 months cold stratification, so should be sown as early in the year as possible in a cold frame. The seed can take 18 months to germinate. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 7cm long taken at a node or with a heel, July/August in a frame. Very easy. Layering in July/August. Takes 14 months.
Cultivation of the herb:Shady mountain forests, shrubby thickets, slopes, valleys and ravines.
Medicinal use of Euonymus latifolius:None known
Known hazards of Euonymus latifolius:Although no records of toxicity have been seen for this species, a number of plants in this genus are suspected of being poisonous and so some caution is advised.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.